Homemade Mint Milano Cookies ~ Cookie of the Month Club

Happy Monday morning to you, my friends! How was your weekend? We've been hunkered down in the house all weekend due to snow and icy roads. Fortunately, it gave me the chance to do a little baking for my family. I was recently invited to participate in a Cookie of the Month Club with a different theme each month. Of course, I jumped at the chance to bake cookies! I love the challenge of a monthly ingredient or theme too. For March, mint was chosen. Being a longtime fan of Pepperidge Farm's version, I decided to make up a batch of Homemade Mint Milano Cookies. I hope you enjoy this minty cookie recipe as much as my family did! (I will save one to try on Tuesday after my Whole30 is over ;-))

These Homemade Mint Milano Cookies are such a good imitation, you won't even miss the real thing!

They are really quite simple to make and don't require any crazy ingredients. In fact, I didn't need to buy a thing... all staples I had on hand.

Homemade Mint Milano Cookies Ingredients

Here's what you need: butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, egg whites, flour, baking powder, salt, chocolate chips, and peppermint extract.

Homemade Mint Milano Cookies in process.

Prepare two pans with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Begin by creaming together the butter and powdered sugar with an electric mixer.

Homemade Mint Milano Cookies in process.

Beat for 2 minutes, then scrape down the sides.

Homemade Mint Milano Cookies in process.

Add in the egg whites and vanilla, mixing to combine thoroughly...the consistency is a little dare-I-say chunky, but it all comes together in the end.

Homemade Mint Milano Cookies in process.

Finish off by adding in the flour, baking powder and salt, mixing until creamy and smooth.

In a pinch, a ziplock bag can be used instead of a pastry bag for piping cookies. Stuff the bag into a tall cup before transferring dough to make the transfer easier.

Transfer dough to pastry bag outfitted with large round tip, or into sturdy ziplock back, snipping off a corner. I like to put my ziplock into a tall wide-mouthed glass to make the transfer from the bowl to the bag easier.

Piping Homemade Mint Milano Cookie dough onto parchment paper.

Pipe a 2-3 inch line of dough and then return the way you started, creating a really tight "U". Leaving about 2 inches between cookies to allow for spreading, continue piping the dough until it is all gone.

Homemade Mint Milano Cookies getting frosted.

Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, or until the edges are just a bit golden. Place on wire rack to cool completely. The filling is prepared by placing the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe dish. Cook on high for 1-1 1/2 minutes, stirring to make sure the chocolate is smooth. Add in the peppermint extract and stir to combine.

Flip cookies over so that the bottoms are facing up. Carefully spread a layer of the chocolate mint mixture over one cookie and top with another.

Homemade Mint Milano Cookies getting frosted.

Voila! You now have a Homemade Mint Milano Cookie. Now continue with the rest of the cookies before your chocolate hardens up again. ;-)

No need to buy the packaged cookies anymore! These Homemade Mint Milanos are the perfect substitute!

Homemade Mint Milano Cookies 
(makes about 2 dozen cookie sandwiches)

Cookies
1/2 cup chilled unsalted butter cut into cubes.
1 cup powdered sugar
3 egg whites
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
pinch of salt

Filling
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 tsp. peppermint extract

Preheat oven to 300 degrees and prepare 2 pans with parchment paper. Cream together butter and powdered sugar for 2 minutes. Scrape down sides and add in the egg whites and vanilla extract, mixing until thoroughly combined. Again, scrape sides and add in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix until the dough is smooth and creamy. Spoon carefully into pastry bag outfitted with large round tip or into ziplock bag with corner snipped. Pipe directly onto parchment paper a 2-3 inch line and return back the way you started. It should resemble a really tight "U" shape. Continue piping cookies 2 inches apart until all the dough is gone. Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until edges become just slightly browned. Remove from oven and cool completely.

Once the cookies are cooled, pour chocolate chips into microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high for 1 minute. Stir. Continue to cook in 30 second intervals until it is completely melted. Stir in peppermint extract. Turn cookies over and spread chocolate mixture on underside of 1 cookie and top with another. Continue in this fashion until all cookies have been made into sandwiches. Store in airtight container.

Homemade Mint Milano Cookies are the perfect afternoon pick-me-up paired with a cup of tea!

How about it? Are you ready to make a batch for yourself? These Homemade Mint Milano Cookies are the perfect afternoon pick-me-up with a cup of tea and some friends. I might have to try making these with orange extract sometime too. What's your favorite Pepperidge Farm cookie? Have you ever attempted to make them yourself? You should give it a try!

These Homemade Mint Milano Cookies make a great substitute for the store-bought variety. You probably already have everything you need to make these buttery mint cookies at home.

Need more cookie inspiration? Check out some of the other Cookie of the Month Club members' March Minty Cookie Recipes!


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31 comments:

  1. These look so perfect and wonderful! We love Milanos at our house and I want to make some right away - mine probably won't look as perfect as yours but I'm going to try!!

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    1. You're so sweet, Kelli. Rest assured, they didn't all turn out "perfect". I had some that were pretty wonky, but sandwiched together with other ones, no one could tell ;-) Hope you enjoy them... btw, they are even better the next day.

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  2. WOW! These look so good!! I love Milanos which is why I never buy them because I can't stop eating them. Your cookies look exactly like the real thing, I'm willing to bet that they even taste better because they don't have the artificial preservatives in them.

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    1. Thanks for your sweet comment, Angelina. I'm the same way... those Milanos do not last long around here. I could eat a bag in a heartbeat. It's almost scary that I can now make them for myself. It may give me pause before downing a whole batch of them. ;-) Might have to have my kids hide them from me ;-)

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  3. They look delicious!! Can't wait to try them!

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    1. Thanks, Mom! They are dangerous ;-) Hope you like them as much as the family did

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  4. Just like the original, but I'm betting with such a better taste! Pinned :)

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    1. They are pretty close to the original and oh so yummy. Thanks for stopping by and pinning ;-)

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  5. Okay, I totally LOVE the idea of homemade milano cookies! Why have I never done this before? This is a situation that needs to be rectified immediately! Gorgeous stuff!

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    1. I agree! You should rectify that situation immediately ;-) They were surprisingly easy... and delicious!

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  6. This just made my month, week and day! Living in Italy I can't find milano cookies - and sometimes I dream of them (no lie).

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    1. Oh, yay! I'm so happy you'll get to have your beloved Milano cookies again. I bet you could add different flavorings to the chocolate if you wanted to be daring ;-) Sweet dreams...

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  7. Adding this to the list of things that I need to make as soon as we move! They are my husband's favorites and I know that he will love them. I even just got a piping bag which I have never used so a great excuse to get it out!!! YUM!

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    1. Oh, yes! You need to bust out that pastry bag! I wish I would have had one handy to make these. I ended up having to put packing tape over a tiny hole in my ziplock bag just so I could finish the batch without squirting dough all over the place ;-) It was a bit like silly string. Anyway, I hope you and your hubby enjoy the cookies... sending happy wishes to you as you move also...

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  8. Oh my gosh!!
    These look amazing! I sure wish I were your neighbor right about now!
    YUM!!!
    Thanks so much for sharing with us,
    Suzanne

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    1. Sweet Suzanne... I always wish I were your neighbor... you always make such lovely cookies and treats, and you seem like a nice lady too. Thanks for your kind words.

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  9. These are my absolute favorite cookies of all time. I can make them at home? This could be very dangerous and yet I can't look away...yum!

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    1. They are one of my store-bought favorites too...It is a bit dangerous to know we can make them at home any time the urge hits us. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  10. Milano's are one of my favorite cookies, I'll have to try this asap, I think I even have all the things to make them already!

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  11. I love when I don't have to run out and but a ton of ingredients! This recipe is awesome because, I too, have all these ingredients in my pantry. I am going to give these a try! I wonder how a raspberry chocolate Milano would taste? So glad I drop in from From Dream To a Reality linky party!

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  12. I never would have guessed that they were so easy to make. I LOVE Milano cookies. Thank you so much for sharing your recipe Nici! Stay warm!

    Katie

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  13. Yum! These are one of my favorite cookies, never thought to make them at home, pinning to try :)

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  14. Wow, those look amazing Nici! I never even thought to try and make those at home, but you made them look so easy. :)

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  15. Love these. I'm a sucker for Milanos. Honest, leave me alone with a bag for about 2 minutes, and they're guaranteed to "mysteriously" disappear except for a few crumbs. :) Love this mint-chocolate variation... it looks totally irresistible!

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  16. Oh my goodness, they look like the real thing! Pinning to my Cookie board! LInking up from Making Memories Mondays.

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  17. These are one of my favorite cookies and they look so good! I cant believe now I can make them at home! This made my night! PINNED! Thank you so much Nici for joining my link party, it means so much to me!
    Cathy

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  18. I love Milano cookies! These look so good and I can't believe how easy they look to make!

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  19. Nici,
    These look amazing. I love mint milanos. Thanks so much for sharing with Adorned From Above's Link Party.
    Have a great week.
    Debi

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  20. I looove Milaon cookies and now I can't wait to make my own at home!

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  21. Your cookies look wonderful! Happy St. Patrick's Day and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday!
    Miz Helen

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  22. Wow, I would never have guessed that these were homemade. They look fabulous!! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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